Tag Archives: 1988

1988 Topps Andre Dawson

1988 Topps Andre Dawson

I added both the base card and All-Star card from the 1988 Topps set to my Andre Dawson collection.  The 1988 set featured Dawson’s first regular issue card as a member of the Chicago Cubs.  These cards look especially great together with both sharing the common colors of the Cub’s: Red, White and Blue.

Happy 50th Birthday Orel Hershiser!!

It is amazing to think that today Orel Hershiser is 50 years old!!!  It makes me feel older just thinking about it…

Hershiser will be remembered most for his outstanding 1988 season.  With 23 wins, 15 complete games, a Gold Glove award, he was also the unanimous choice for the Cy Young award.  Orel led the Los Angeles Dodgers into the playoffs that season as well.  In the National League championship series, Hershiser pitched in 4 of the 7 games and earned the NLCS MVP award.  In the World Series against the heavily favored Oakland Athletics, Hershiser again dominated 2 games and won the World Series MVP award.

His most notable accomplishment may be the 59 straight innings pitched without giving up a single run.  This record still stands today and should remain in tact for quite some time.

Happy Birthday Orel Hershiser!!!

Cast Your Vote: Best Baseball Card Design From the 80’s

That’s right.  2 weeks ago we looked at the worst designs that the 80’s had to offer so it is now only fair to do the opposite and praise the best looking cards from the 80’s as well.

So here we go.  I have selected what I consider to be the cream of the crop from this group.  Leave a comment on this post to cast your vote!

I have intentionally left Score and Upper Deck products out of this category as their quality for their first issues in the late 80’s was superior to what Donruss and Fleer introduced in the early 80’s.

The contenders are:

1980 Topps

1980 Topps

 

1983 Topps

1983 Topps

 

1985 Topps

1985 Topps

 

1987 Fleer

1987 Fleer

 

1988 Donruss

1988 Donruss

 

1988 Fleer

1988 Fleer

 

1989 Topps

1989 Topps

Whatever happened to Jim Abbott???

With the Olympics coming to a close, I started to think about the players that Topps used to feature in their Team USA cards.  The big one to have was Mark McGwires’s first card, but the most memorable one for me was Jim Abbott.

Abbott was only born with a left hand, yet still had the courage and determination to fulfill his dreams and play major league baseball.  Prior to making it in the majors, Abbot won a Gold medal in the 1988 Olympics pitching for Team USA.  The attention Abbot got from his appearance during the Olympic games carried into his career in the Majors too.

Abbot was drafted in the first roudn by the Angels, and in 10 seasons played for the Angels, Yankees, Brewers, as well as the White Sox.  Although his career record of 87 wins and 108 losses does not indicate that he was too successful in the big leagues, Abbott was always a fan favorite because he never hid behind what others called his disability.

Abbot’s career highlight was pitching a no-hitter in 1993 as a member of the New York Yankees.  A no-hitter is the symbol of excellence for pitchers and Abbot proved to the world that it could be done even when you have physicall limits.  Another highlight for Abbott was when while playing with the Brewers he recorded 2 hits.  This again was an amazing feat for a 1-handed player.

Today, Abbott works as a motivational speaker.  This job seems like a perfect fit for someone like Jim Abbott who inspired millions with his every day behavior.  For years he motivated us with his efforts while playing a game and now he continues to do so by telling others that they too can conquer their dreams.

Cast Your Vote: Ugliest Card from the 1980’s

I’ve wanted to do this for a while now.  Most of the stuff I am trying to collect is from my favorite baseball stars from the 80’s.  Obviously this has led me to find some unbelievably ugly cards.

So now I turn this over to you.  I have presented 8 cards from the 80’s below and want you to vote on which is the ugliest from that decade.  I have limited this to just the major brands.  You will only find base cards here, no inserts or secondary sets.

To vote, simply add a comment to this post and I will then take the 2 cards getting the most votes and have a final competition to crown “The Ugliest Card from the 1980’s”.

And the nominees are(in year order):

1981 Donruss

1981 Donruss

1982 Fleer

1982 Fleer

1983 Fleer

1983 Fleer

1984 Fleer

1984 Fleer

1984 Donruss

1984 Donruss

1986 Topps

1986 Topps

1987 Topps

1987 Topps

1989 Fleer

1989 Fleer

Dave Stewart would scare the crap out of me…

I don’t know about you, but there are certain images from baseball in the 1980’s that are burned into my mind.  In 1988 when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Oakland A’s in the World Series it was Dave Stewart’s fierce stare.  When the popularity of the forearm smashing ‘Bash Brothers’ was at an all-time high.  When Kirk Gibson created a moment in World Series history that continually gets air time some 20 years later.  Dave Stewart still scares the crap out of me…

I don’t know if it was that his hat was perfectly curved to sit just above his eyes.  Maybe it was that when he held his glove in front of his face all he let you see were his eyes.  I don’t know for sure, but I can tell you that as a 13-year old kid I was scared.  I had never seen so much focus in all of my life.  To feel all of that emotions while looking into someone’s eyes is an emotion from that World Series that I will never forget. 

As a batter facing Stewart, I don’t know how you couldn’t be intimidated.  I can compare his fierce stare to that of someone playing football and seeing Lawrence Taylor lined up against him.  He is the lion and you are his prey.  All of his attention is on you and he is not going to lose sight of you until you are destroyed.

In what was an unforgettable World Series with baseball’s superstars on display, it was the stare and focus of Dave Stewart that remains my greatest memories from 1988’s fall classic.